Alarm system registration

Any person or business who uses or is in control of an alarm system is required to register with the False Alarms Reduction Unit. For specific information about the alarm system requirements, read City Ordinance 13-72.


Phone: (859) 425-2364

If you need to cancel your alarm permit please email us at and include your name, address and permit number.

How to apply for an alarm permit

You can print the following form and mail it with the $15.00 permit application fee (per alarm system) to: 

Lexington Police Department
150 E. Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Make check or money order payable to LFUCG

Please do NOT fax the application to the False Alarm Reduction Unit. All residential and non-residential applications for alarm permits must be received with a check or money order to the police department and have the original signature of the Alarm System Responsible Party. 


Anyone applying for an alarm permit is strongly encouraged to watch the video below on responsible use and operation of alarms.

False alarm appeal guidelines for fines

Chapter 13, Article IV, of the LFUCG Code of Ordinances, defines a false alarm as “An Alarm Dispatch Request to a law enforcement agency, when the responding officer finds no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal offense after having completed an investigation of the Alarm Site.”

Every appeal filed with the False Alarm Reduction Unit must be submitted within 10 days of receipt of any notice of a False Alarm or order of Suspension/Revocation. Failure to file the appeal within the 10-day appeal period will result in the immediate denial of your appeal.

Appeals must be accompanied by a police report to show proof of criminal activity or attempted criminal activity.

Registered Alarm Users have the option of attending the Alarm User Awareness Class approved by the Alarm Administrator in lieu of paying one (1) civil fine in a calendar year. Contact the False Alarm Reduction Unit within 10 days of receipt of any notice or order to register for this class.

Appeals will NOT be granted for false alarms that are the result of:

  • Faulty, defective or malfunctioning equipment supplied by the alarm company.
  • Improper installation or maintenance by the alarm company.
  • Improper monitoring by the alarm company.
  • An occurrence where no evidence of criminal activity is present.
  • Mistakes made by private contractors, maids, cleaning crews, etc.
  • Alarm activations which occur while alarm technicians are repairing or servicing the alarm system.
  • Items within the home or business which move and cause motion detectors to activate, i.e., curtains, signs, balloons, etc.
  • Glass break detectors which activate due to noises/sounds other than actual glass breakage.
  • Doors and/or windows that become loose and cause a break in the contacts which activates the alarm.
  • Caretakers who watch homes or businesses when owners are away.
  • Pets, rodents, wildlife.
  • Interruption of electrical power supply due to weather, unless outage is more than (4) hours.

In the case of equipment failure, faulty installation or faulty monitoring, we suggest you contact your alarm company immediately.

This list is intended as a guide to assist you in deciding whether to appeal a false alarm or contact your alarm company for discussion. This list is not intended to cover every situation where an appeal will be denied.

If you would like to appeal a warning/invoice notice, please follow all instructions listed in the above guidelines. Send a written request stating the grounds for your appeal and your supporting documentation to:

Lexington Police Department 
Alarm Administrator
150 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507

You will be notified by mail of the decision made regarding your appeal.